Careers in Drama Therapy

One of the most frequent questions asked by those contemplating a career in drama therapy is “what can I do with a degree in drama therapy?” Naturally, people are interested in whether or not they are going to be able to pay their bills with their chosen profession, making this a valid and important question to ask before investing in a career.

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Rest assured that there are many drama therapists happily working in a wide variety of settings. Because drama therapy is still a relatively new field and is not as well known, it is less frequent that we find jobs listed under the title of “drama therapist.” Instead, these positions often fall under other titles such as Mental Health Counselor, Program Therapist, Activities Director, etc. Many programs want to hire drama therapists – or they would want to – if they knew we existed. 

Your job hunt will depend on where you are living and planning to practice. Similar to other professions, it will be important to know the rules regulating the practice of psychotherapy and creative arts therapies in the locales where you plan on working. Perhaps not surprisingly, it will be easier to find a drama therapy position in the major metropolitan areas where drama therapy is already established. But that does not mean there are not employment opportunities in other communities. Those wishing to work in areas where there are not many creative arts therapists can harness their pioneering and self promotion skills in order to create an awareness of drama therapy, educating potential employers about the value of our work.

All that being said, it has been my experience that those interested in working in the field are able to find jobs. Because drama therapy training involves learning to work with a variety of populations, drama therapists have flexibility which gives us an advantage in the job market. In fact, in my years in the field I have known drama therapists working in the following settings:

  • Community programs (including after school programs)
  • Mental health clinics
  • Hospital mental health units
  • Hospital medical units
  • Private Practice Clinics
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Programs for older adults
  • School settings (special education, therapeutic classrooms)
  • College counseling centers
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Programs for persons with disabilities
  • Day treatment centers
  • Businesses
  • Correctional facilities
  • Medical programs (chronic pain, cancer, HIV/AIDS)
  • Programs for at-risk youth
  • Nursing homes
  • Homeless shelters
  • Programs for refugees and immigrants

As you can see, the possibilities are wide and varied. With an enterprising spirit combined with the experience and knowledge you gain through your training, you will find multiple opportunities to help others through the dramatic arts.

 Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to answer your questions.